Want to be in the parade? Got a craft to sell?

Two Chair City traditions seek applicants
Oct. 29, 2013 @ 09:43 AM

Participation in two Thomasville Christmas traditions — the Christmas parade and the Craft Fair — is an application away.

The Thomasville Recreation Department will host the 37th annual Craft Fair Saturday, Nov. 9.  The Fair Grove Lions Club and Thomasville Tourism will host the downtown parade at 3 p.m. Nov. 23.

The Craft Fair will be held at the Central Recreation Center, 205 E. Main St. in Thomasville from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“This is an event that my grandmother help to begin 37 years ago," said Julie Smith. "It’s important for me not only because of the ties to my grandmother but also because I love to craft and come out and meet new people in the community.”

Participation also is open to crafters in the surrounding areas. Traditionally, the Craft Fair includes handmade jewelry, survival bracelets, lighted bottles, wooden works, knitted works and much more. 

The Thomasville Senior Citizens Club will set up concessions that will serve biscuits, baked goods and hot dogs for lunch.

Spaces are still available. Call Cory Tobin, program director of Thomasville Parks and Recreation, at 475-4282. 

"Come out and join us for a great day of shopping," said Tobin.

Applications for the Thomasville Christmas Parade are available online and at Thomasville Tourism in the Depot on Main Street.

Luther Watford serves as parade chairman for the Fair Grove Lions Club, which organizes the parade in conjunction with Thomasville Tourism. Last year, about 139 entries — from high school bands and firemen to Santa himself, moved the Chair City into the Christmas spirit.

"With help from the City of Thomasville, Fair Grove Lions Club, Thomasville Tourism, Thomasville High School Leo Club and Jaycee's life members, the Thomasville Christmas Parade is better and safer than ever," said Watford.

The parade features homemade floats and professional floats, which are available for rental. They can be viewed at www.fairgrovelions.org or contact Patricia Carroll at  474-1228.

Mark Scott ,director of Thomasville Tourism and co-chairman of the parade, will direct all downtown activities. The stage with judges and the public address system will be near the Big Chair. Live coverage will be broadcast on cable television. 

The judges will determine winners in several categories: Most Creative, Most Humorous, Best Religious, Best Musical, Best Dance, Best Spirit, Best Horse and Best Overall.

"My ultimate  goal is to bring it back to the level that I remember as a child back in the 1960s," said Watford.

To share that dream, pick up an application at the Tourism office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.  For more information, visit www.fairgrovelions.org or contact Scott at  472-4422.